adding mime types for braille documents

kendell clark coffeekingms at
Mon Apr 18 20:38:54 UTC 2016

Hmm, encoding=brf? That's odd. Do brf files have their own encoding? I'm
not sure. I now need to get my hands on some keyWord braille and keyWord
text files from a braille note to add support for those lol. Don't mind
me, I run away with ideas sometimes.
Kendell Clark

Jerome Leclanche wrote:
> If it's a proprietary format, it should be text/vnd.duxbury.brf or some such.
> If it's an open format, text/brf is likely fine.
> It's worth noting I'm seeing references to text/plain encoding=brf...
> which doesn't seem correct.
> J. Leclanche
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 10:54 PM, kendell clark <coffeekingms at> wrote:
>> hi
>> I can try contacting duxbury, but in my experience they're very ...
>> windows centric. I'd probably mention in my email that I want to improve
>> the "linux desktop" and at that point they'd lose all interest. But I'll
>> try anyway, I won't go off of assumption on this one. At least the brf
>> format is open, and has a dtd. Duxbury was, I thought, a very
>> proprietary company. I'm trying to find out if the brf format is
>> registered. I can't seem to find it, so I'm assuming not. Would the mime
>> type be something like text/braille?
>> Thanks
>> Kendell Clark
>> charles-listes+xdg at wrote:
>>> Le Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 11:25:42AM +0200, Bastien Nocera a écrit :
>>>> Charles is wrong, you don't need to have them registered. In fact, the
>>>> "x-" prefix says it's not registered.
>>> Hi Bastien,
>>> I wrote "can be registered to the IANA", not "need to".  I am sorry
>>> if it has been confusing.
>>> Registering to the IANA is a nice thing to do as it will benefit a broader
>>> audience than the users of XDG-compliant desktop environment.  And indeed, as
>>> you wrote, this registration is often done by the creators of the file type.
>>> In the case of the "BRF" format, it seems to be "Duxbury systems".
>>> Perhaps they would be pleased to do the registration if they were contacted by
>>> Kendell ?
>>> The IANA has recently became much more opened to registration of new types,
>>> to the point that they now discourage the use of "x-" prefixes.
>>>  -
>>>  -
>>> I tested the new registration system myself, with
>>> application/vnd.debian.binary-package, and this media type made its way in
>>> shared-mime-info shortly after acceptance (thanks to the maintainer of Fedora's
>>> package "mailcap", who was faster than me to submit an update to you).  So in
>>> case submission to the IANA seems to be doable, I think that it is the most
>>> beneficial way to go.
>>> Have a nice day,
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